Stage Fright

English: Work-for hire initial poster of the f...
English: Work-for hire initial poster of the film Stage Fright, later altered. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I chose to write on this topic since many writers find it a least attractive prospect where they have to leave their cozy little writing desks and their private little libraries and meet complete strangers (and some of them might even have to give a lecture in front of an audience). The fact about an audience is that you never know how they are going to react to something you say. What is a mindset that is more predominant than any other. This is what makes the matter much worse. Because we think and think of the outcome and shift out the focus from the integral matter at hand ~ the smooth delivery of the speech.

But is entering a room full of strangers really so scary? Perhaps not once or even twice. But having to do it on a regular basis especially if you are a die-hard introvert, it probably is. However, somewhere down the line you will find yourself getting used to it and might also become comfortable with it.

This post basically deals with a speech delivered by Mark Twain where he admits to having stage fright and describes the feeling he had when he addressed an audience for the first time.

It was during his first lecture at San Francisco that he had experienced a worst case of stage fright. He even went on to compare it to a bad case of sea-sickness. In his own words, “My knees were shaking so that I didn’t know whether I could stand up. If there is an awful, horrible malady in the world, it is stage fright -and sea-sickness. They are a pair.”

He also explains that was the only time he had experienced stage fright.

Though I haven’t read the actual lecture he delivered, he talks about having ‘placed a gem’, of getting a result he intended ~ having the audience silent with awe, of having ‘moved’ them, of having touched their hearts.

Therefore, the message I chose to draw from it was this: A positive feedback, a silent acceptance (or even a loud one) makes you forget your shortcomings and you let go of your fears (however severe) somewhere down the line.


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